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Fake sick child and identity theft: the incredible jersey scam in French football

The scene is moving. Filmed in front of the camera, a child, hat on his head, recounts his fight against leukemia. At his side, a pennant of the Bourg-en-Bresse Péronnas team (National) of which he says he is a big supporter. Jules*, as the kid introduces himself, would like to receive the jersey of one of his favorite players, midfielder Maxime Blanc. “We had been touched and we had accepted his request”, says Thomas Félix, communication manager of the Ain club, who posted the video online on Wednesday retracing this story. The publication has everything to move social networks. Above all, it will allow you to break through an unimaginable scam.

Because quickly, other press officers from different clubs react on Twitter to denounce the scam. In Auxerre, Quevilly-Rouen or Chambly, all received the same request, always featuring Jules. The scheme: a video or an exchange by e-mail recounting the child’s illness and a request for a jersey. Each time, the little one is a supporter who has recently been forced to move. “We, he explained to us that he came from Beaumont-sur-Oise, cowardly, disappointed, Maxime Malovry, community-manager of the Oise club. We had discussed the possibility of him coming to kick off a home game against Laval. Annecy, second for National, offered the family to pick up the jersey of their striker Alexy Bosetti at the stadium one match night, an offer that remained unanswered.

Leukemia in Chambly and Bourg-en-Bresse, heart surgery for Quevilly-Rouen

If in his message to Chambly the child claims to live with leukemia, the same Jules must enter the hospital to have heart surgery in the sequence sent to Quevilly-Rouen. Like Bourg-en-Bresse, Auxerre was moved and passed on the tunic of its striker Gaëtan Charbonnier. Gifts that converged at an address in the Var, in the town of La Garde. But not directly with this Jules or those who presented themselves as his mother and father in the exchanges. But at Lionel and Stéphanie, implicated without knowing it in this lie.

Wednesday evening, Thomas Félix shares on Twitter a screenshot of an exchange of e-mails with the family of Jules. The email comes from an email address with the mother’s first and last name. His mailing address is also included in the text. But if the parcels arrive at her home, it is not she who wrote the messages. “We are victims of identity theft, explains to Parisian-Today in France Lionel. My wife has received insulting messages and death threats on Messenger, because people think she is responsible for this scene. But it’s wrong. »

“He is not sick, he just has pain in his ankle”

At the start of the year, his former neighbour, Laurent, asked him if he could have a few parcels delivered to his home. “I know he is a collector of football shirts, I accepted without a second thought, says Lionel. I had a big doubt a month ago when a package in the name of Jules arrived at my house. Since that’s my nephew’s first name, I brought it to him. When my brother-in-law opened the package, we realized it wasn’t for him. Inside, there was a Versailles club shirt with a message like: Strength to you, give up nothing in your fight against the disease. I found that odd, because Laurent’s son isn’t sick, he just has ankle pain. »

Ulcerated, Lionel called his former neighbor on Thursday morning. The latter promised to return the jerseys to the injured clubs, photos of the packaged overcoats in support. Auxerre and Bourg-en-Bresse Péronnas confirmed this version to the Parisian. “He created an email address in the name of my wife to do that… I told him it was very serious and that it wouldn’t stop there,” continues Lionel. The couple must go to file a complaint for identity theft at the La Farlède gendarmerie at the beginning of the afternoon. Solicited by email and telephone, Laurent has so far not responded to requests from Parisian-Today in France.

*Name has been changed

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